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Ari Hallmark offers encouragement to OK tornado victims

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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Ari Hallmark, 8 years old of Arab, lost five family members in the tornado outbreak in April, 2011.

She wrote an inspirational book called To Heaven After the Storm and has used her story to touch other people devastated by tragic events.

Ari has some good advice for the people in Oklahoma, especially the children.

Two years after the storm, life is better for Ari.

On Monday, she enjoyed spending time with residents at an Albertville nursing home where her great aunt lives.

Ari's family spoke with people at the home about her story and how she wrote a book about it as she recovered from losing her parents in the tornado.

This past weekend a second tornado hit Oklahoma. This time there were 14 deaths, five of those children.

Ari said the initial days will be tough but peace of mind will come.

"You don't have to worry because your mom, or your dad, or your cousin, or your kids is in heaven.  You don't have to worry because you will see them again," she said.

Ari plans to enjoy being a kid and hopes to get to go to Disneyworld this summer.

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